Bedford town centre will be the scene for a major military display next Tuesday July 22 when soldiers of the Royal Anglian Regiment will be exercising their right to march through the town with Colours flying and bayonets fixed.
The Royal Anglian Regiment received the Freedom of the Borough in 1980, though the original award dates back to 1946 when the honour was made to the Bedfordshire and Hertfordshire Regiment, nicknamed the ‘The Poachers’ in tribute of the Regimental march ‘The Lincolnshire Poacher’.
The regiment will parade through the town centre starting at Midand Road at 12.05 before making their way up to an inspection in Harpur Square for 12.25pm.
Accompanying up to 160 soldiers from the regiment will be the Kings Division Band playing a range of traditional marching tunes.
Mayor of Bedford Borough, Dave Hodgson, commented: “The Royal Anglian Regiment and its predecessors have a very strong historic link to the town. We’re proud to welcome the regiment back to Bedford. The parade provides the opportunity to recognise their hard work and the suffering they have endured away from their families and in often difficult conditions.”